You probably don’t have a 4K television set yet, but a new Sony(s sne) smartphone looks ready to capture Ultra HD video with four times the resolution of your standard HDTV. The Xperia Blog found system software for the phone, code-named “Honami,” showing the video capability which will reportedly powered by Qualcomm’s(s qcom) Snapdragon 800 chip. Don’t worry if you don’t have a TV that can actually show videos at 4,000 x 2,000 resolution; Sony makes those too.
This type of high-resolution camera capture may sound unlikely in a handset, but the Snapdragon 800 is Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line silicon for smartphones. And it’s more than capable: Specifications of the chip show it able to handle not just 4K UltraHD video but also stereoscopic 3D images and stills up to a whopping 55 megapixels. The leaked software for the Sony Honami indicates a 20 megapixel sensor for 5,248 x 3,936 resolution stills, something the Snapdragon 800 should handle with ease.
Images from the reported Sony phone suggest a revamp of the company’s Android-based(s GOOG) software as well. The Xperia Blog says the phone will have a “new launcher, app tray, Walkman app and new apps for clock, album, conversations, phonebook, settings, calendar. A new version of Small Apps allows you to place multiple apps in the screen at once.” And new camera modes are expected as well reports Android Police: Bokeh, Info-eye, Manual, Socialcast, Timeshiftand Effect mode.
With a top-of-the-line chip powering it, the handset should contend as a top-performing, flagship-like handset for Sony, which is making a big push to regain prominence in mobile devices. The Ultra HD video capture and 20 megapixel stills could be a nice way to stand out from the crowded Android market, although I anticipate Samsung working on a similar product. It doesn’t hurt that Samsung too sells 4K televisions, and given that the company is a leader in the Android phone market, it won’t sit on the 4K smartphone sidelines.